Fly-fishing for northern pike: Pro tips from Outdoor Canada

Northern magic

Expert advice for tacking pike on the fly


It’s hard to believe fly purists once looked down on northern pike as unworthy of pursuit, because catching a pike, especially a big one, on a fly rod is a true thrill. It’s very effective, too—a fly suspends, shimmers and seductively undulates in a way that positively unhinges pike unlike any other lure. Even better, the gear for targeting spring and early-summer pike is straightforward. Here’s how to get in on the action, including tips on flies, leaders, casting, fighting big fish and more.

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